A year or so ago we managed to complete the repairs to our roof. As we are now watertight it was time to consider the internal redecoration of our much-loved church. When to do it to provide the best possible conditions for the re-plastering and special limewashing of the inside walls?
We consulted David Lemon who is Spire Building Surveyor, who has been advising us for many years and knows the church well. As we had been able to raise the funds we were anxious to go ahead as soon as we could. Our finishing deadline was early July as we had a wedding already booked.
However, after delays in obtaining different quotes followed by an exceptionally cold and damp Spring we chose the period from Easter onwards for our work to start.
We selected Brian Warnes of Kaywood Design and Build who has had several years experience of using this kind of lime wash for the interiors of churches and was keen to be involved more with heritage buildings. So as soon as Easter services were finished the church was emptied of its’ delicate treasures and some very robust scaffolding went in to create a “second floor” for the work to begin.
Since that time, Brian and his team have worked tirelessly to keep ahead of the tight schedule and keep us on track for reopening on time. We must make special mention of Brian’s daughter Sapphire who worked on the front door and other more accessible parts.
Thanks to their supreme efforts, we are very nearly finished and now the scaffolding is down we will be spending the next week or so cleaning everything to perfection ready for our first service on Sunday 25 June.
We are so proud to have this wonderful church looking so much lighter and fresher. Brian has done a wonderful job on time and in budget.
We are looking forward to showing off beautiful St Mary’s Burnham Deepdale for our forthcoming Sundays – and in time for the wedding planned in July.
The church will be open daily from end of June. Come and see us soon.